Stephen grew up in Auckland and was educated at Auckland Grammar School and Auckland University. He has a First Class Honours degree in French and German and is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris as well as the Leadership Seminar of Georgetown University in Washington DC and the Institute for Strategic Leadership (Millbrook).
Stephen also has extensive diplomatic, trade and government experience including posts as Deputy High Commissioner in Ottawa, Assistant Trade Commissioner in Paris and adviser on trade and diplomatic issues with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was formerly Private Secretary to the Minister for Trade Negotiations, Hon Jim Sutton, advising on trade policy, international affairs and government-to-government negotiations.
An experienced trustee and director, Stephen chairs the St John’s College Trust Board, an endowment for the Anglican Church, the Te Aute Trust Board, the proprietor of Maori Anglican schools in Hawke’s Bay. He is also a director of Anglican Care Waiapu Ltd.
In 2014 Stephen was admitted as a member of the World Class New Zealand Network and was a finalist in the AUT Business Support Awards Leadership category.
Stephen is married to the Reverend Dr Helen Jacobi and has two children. He lives in Auckland.